Olive Communications announces international expansion to support its global Cloud-managed service platform


High Wycombe based Olive Communications, the Cloud Telephony and Unified Communications provider, has announced global expansion plans with the opening of an Australian-based support capability. 

Olive Cloud Solutions (PTY) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Olive Group, based in Brisbane Australia to enhance the existing 24x7x365 support Olive provides to its growing base of global customers. Further plans are underway to launch a similar operation in North America, to optimise global expertise and deliver ‘in region’ support to customers and end users. 

Olive Chief Executive, Martin Flick, said: “We have seen Olive evolve from a highly capable Enterprise Mobility supplier into a fully-fledged Cloud Based telephony and Unified Communications managed services provider in the past five years, with an increasing number of large customers requiring global solutions. 

“For many years, we have supported corporate citizens working for UK based organisations using an Olive device as they travel the world, day and night. However, as the needs of our expanding customer base changes, our developing global portfolio and support model is evolving to ensure we continue to be best in class.”

Working in close partnership with Mitel, Olive has delivered global telephony and contact centre solutions to a number of customers across North America, Australia and the UK in a single cloud infrastructure, and are soon to extend that service for one large customer in South Africa. Having in territory resource working to aligned business hours within each region adds significant customer value and is more efficient and effective than a single UK service desk manned 24 hours a day. 

Flick continued, “To that end, not only does it add huge value for customers, it produces a better experience for our team, who can work flexibly, affording the ability to travel and work internationally in development of their careers and life experiences.” 

Richard Roberts, VP UKISA Sales at Mitel commented, “Over the last few years Mitel have successfully made the transformation from a recognised provider of IP Telephony, into a clear market leader for global cloud telephony and intelligent contact centre solutions, with the objective of enabling high performance organisations to work smarter and faster in an increasingly digital age. Working closely with Olive we have won some fantastic customers, and through our agility and commitment to customer experience we continue to differentiate and evolve. This international expansion and Olive’s dedication to putting customer needs at the heart of everything they do, ensures we will continue to build on this success together.”

Several of the Olive team have spent the past few months working in Australia on secondment to train resources. Having established a foothold in AsiaPac Olive will be working closely with fellow Mitel partner Azentro (PTY) Ltd, Mitel’s leading partner in Australia. Azentro will be supporting the Olive team with overflow support to deal with peak periods, and a joint sales and marketing strategy. 

Bob Bishop, Azentro Chairman added; “We are delighted to be working closely with the Olive team. Our businesses have a really good cultural fit, and similar ethos of putting customer experience at the top of the agenda. Our partnership alliance provides a win-win for all involved parties.” 

Flick concluded: “The world is changing politically and economically with big opportunities for globalisation and the emergence of the Mitel World Cloud proposition is perfectly timed to support customer needs against that backdrop. Our combined proposition with Mitel and proven capability both in house and with Azentro will continue to help our customers reduce cost, improve productivity and enhance the service they deliver to their own customers, across borders and time-zones in a single cloud solution.”

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